My first (successful) roundograph

For ages, I’ve wanted to make a decent roundograph. I’ve tried on a couple of occasions in the past, but the result has always been pretty bad. On this occasion, I appear to have succeeded in making a decent planet.

I will definitely revisit this, and endeavour to find a more interesting landscape than a field and a row of trees.

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  1. nurseit
    April 27, 2011
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    hi, how did you do this? what lens and technique?

    • April 27, 2011
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      @nurseit I used a Canon 450D with the standard 18-55mm kit lens. I zoomed the lens out as far as possible for the widest view and turned the camera 90 degrees into portrait format. I put it on a tripod and captured a full view around me, overlapping each picture a bit so I could stitch them later. I think it was about 11 pictures.

      Then, I used Hugin to stitch the 11 images into one continuous panorama. There is an automatic tool to find control points to join the images, but I added a load more and worked on optimising it manually. I saved the output as one wide panorama.

      Finally, I opened the stitched panorama in GIMP and remapped the image to polar co-ordinates. Then it was just a case of cropping it to a square and playing with the colours to make it a bit more lively.

      @Fraser Yes, I will do. This was a trial run to prove the technology. Now I know how to do it, I’ve got all sorts of plans 🙂

  2. Fraser
    April 27, 2011
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    Very nice, seamless.
    You should do this for a city-scape next time.

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